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After the ROK 8th Division withdrew inland the only troops on the east coast to oppose the enemy were the ROK 23d Regiment of the 3d Division. Col. Kim Chong Won, better known as "Tiger Kim," an unusually big and strong man for a Korean, commanded this regiment.
13 July 1950
On the "eastern front" - the Sea of Japan seacoast - the NKPA advance had been desultory, slowed in part by an ill-advised diversion of NKPA forces westward into the TAEBAEK Mountains, mudslides on the coastal highway, and the notable resistance of the ROK 23d Regiment. Nonetheless the NKPA had advanced as far south as Yŏngdök, threatening P'ohang, a seaport which Walker intended to develop as an alternate to the overtaxed Pusan and the site of a FEAF fighter strip. Two battalions of ROKs had been directed to P'ohang. They would be supported by American engineers and antiaircraft units.[5-18]
August 6, 1950
Then at 2000 the ROK 22nd and 23rd Regiments moved out in the infantry attack. They drove the North Koreans from Hill 181 and held it during the night.